How do you choose and style jewellery to complement yourself and your wardrobe? And how do you make best use of your jewellery collection without being boring? The answers aren’t always obvious. Never fear: we’ve come up with 15 invaluable jewellery style tips to help you to be your fashionable best.
Does this sound familiar?
You’ve got an overflowing jewellery collection filled with pieces you love (or have forgotten you love), but you’re really not making the most of it and you’re not sure where to start.
Or maybe you’re just not confident about which pieces to shop for to work with each other and for you.
We’ve all been there.
The good news is that we’ve assembled a bunch of handy jewellery style and fashion tips and tricks to help you wear fine, fashion and costume jewellery that complements your sense of style, personality and wardrobe.
As Who What Wear says: “incorporating jewellery into your look is always a good idea.” And who am I to disagree?
Let’s dive in …
1. Create layers with rings, necklaces and bangles
Why not start with something fun?
Experiment with contrasting lengths, shapes, textures and colours to make appealing layers with rings, necklaces, bangles and even in some cases earrings.
If you’re layering necklaces then go for different lengths to draw the eye up to your face. Different shapes, colours and textures will often work a treat. For bangles and bracelets you can pretty much create an arm party of different pieces which will flash and jangle as you move. Rings can be mixed, matched and stacked in all sorts of interesting combinations.
You can even experiment with wearing multiple earring styles if you have more than one pair of ear piercings or want to combine ear cuffs with other earrings.
It’s easy: simply gather together a collection of necklaces and pendants of different lengths, textures and designs and try them on in different combinations to see what works. Make a note of the combinations you like if that helps to trigger your memory later.
Rinse and repeat with bangles and rings.
2. Know when to stop
You know how it is: sometimes too much is, well, too much.
If you’re drawing attention to your face and neckline with layered necklaces or a statement jewellery piece, perhaps you don’t need an armful of bangles to compete for attention.
Or if you’re wearing a bold pair of earrings perhaps your necklace could be more subtle or not there at all (on the other hand, a bold pair of earrings with a matching necklace can sometimes work beautifully).
If you’ve accessorised with multiple pieces then consider taking a leaf out of Coco Chanel’s book: “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory”1.
Or not, as the case may be.
3. Carefully consider your earrings
Don’t you find it can be all too easy to forget about your earrings?
However, your earrings are usually in the field of vision for anyone who is talking to you, so they are important. You should aim to choose earrings to frame your face and complement your hair, eye colour and skin tone.
If you have long hair a great tip is to select a colour or metal finish which is more likely to be visible, depending on your hair colour.
4. Don’t forget to actually change your earrings
I’m guilty of this myself: it can be so easy to wear the same pair of earrings for days or weeks on end. Or maybe you almost never change them.
But remembering to change up your earrings is a great way to add interest and style to your look day to day. It’s also a great opportunity to give your favourite pair of earrings a good clean!
You can make changes to your earrings subtly and simply by wearing a variety of small stud earrings day to day. Or you can add some sparkle and movement with some dangle earrings, depending on your outfit.
A good place to start is digging through your jewellery collection to find what you haven’t worn in a while. You can also purchase new pairs of earrings which catch your attention and will add some variety and interest to your jewellery collection.
5. Experiment with the sin of mixing metals
Once it was seen as a fashion sin to mix different colours of metal, which is something I never really understood as I love them all.
But luckily that’s no longer the case, even according to the fashion police: there’s no need to stick to all sterling silver jewellery or all gold jewellery2.
So think about pendants which contrast with the colour of chain they are attached to, rings that combine different metal colours or layered necklaces or bangles in different metals to add vibrant interest and colour to your outfit.
This has been one of my favourite things to do when designing jewellery in recent years, so you’ll find a number of pieces in our online jewellery shop which have mixed metal colours.